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Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC)/ Network Operations Board (NOB)


The State/Environmental Protection Agency Information Management Workgroup (IMWG) approved the Exchange Network Business Plan (Business Plan) in December 2004/March 2005. The Business Plan proposed the re-alignment of current Network and Standards governance into a new organization, the Exchange Network Leadership Council (Council). This Council is designed to provide high level leadership and direction for the Network. This charter also establishes a primary sub-group of the Council, the Network Operations Board (Board), whose focus is on supporting the operational "day to day" issues of running the Network.

This charter identifies roles, responsibilities, and composition of the Council and Board. The IMWG, through its approval of this charter, hereby commissions these groups.

The Council and Board are designed to replace and integrate the functions of the Environmental Data Standards Council (EDSC) and Network Steering Board (NSB). The re-organization addresses specific governance and management requirements identified in the Business Plan as not being sufficiently met by the current governance organization. These requirements are seen as especially critical to both the continued (and anticipated) growth of the Network and its transition from initial implementation into an operational system. These requirements are:

  1. Aligning Network activities with the Network vision and the business needs of Network Partners.
  2. Ensuring implementation of one interoperable Network by strengthening the leadership and coordination of our individual and collective efforts.
  3. Strengthening coordination and management of common Network Web services and Flows.
  4. Improving our collective ability to manage Network technical issues and operations, on an ongoing basis, by establishing a dedicated joint group (the Board) focused on them.
  5. Better integrating and managing the core concepts and technologies of standards, Nodes, and XML to improve the design and operation of Partner Flows.


The Council is the leadership of the Exchange Network. The mission of the Council is to provide political support and leadership, establish strategic direction and planning; working to ensure that adequate Network resources are secured; and connecting the Network to broader communities of interest.

The Board will oversee operation of Exchange Network. The mission of the Board is to; establish and maintain operational policies and guidance; manage shared services and infrastructure; manage data standards and format development; manage the development and implementation of Network Web services and Flows; expeditiously, impartially, and judiciously resolve all Network Partner implementation and operational issues; and elevate issues to the Council as appropriate.

Management Relationships

The Council will provide direction to the Board and the Coordinator. The Council will develop its strategic direction and priorities and task the Board to manage their successful implementation and operation. The Coordinator will work with the Board and Partners and provide regular reports to the Council.

Subgroups of the Council and Board

The Council and Board are authorized to establish standing and ad-hoc subgroups as needed to organize and execute their responsibilities. The Business Plan describes two recommended Board subgroups, the Network Technology Group (NTG) and the Network Partnership and Resources Group (NPRG). The Board will likely delegate portions of roles and responsibilities described below to its subgroups. Given the workload of the EDSC and NSB subgroups, the Board should identify and charter its subgroups immediately.

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